Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to a letter from CLA President Ross Murray which called for Government to outline a Plan B for farming in the case of a Brexit vote in June.
Although underlining that he thought that staying within the EU would best serve farmers’ interests and provide the greatest access to market, Mr Cameron pledged, “As long as I am prime minister, I would make sure that an agricultural support system would be properly maintained. However, I can obviously not make the same guarantees for future governments.
‘It is unclear, for example, where some of my opponents, including Jeremy Corbyn, stand on the issue. We should remember that previous Labour governments have been in favour of either reducing key agricultural subsidies or abolishing them altogether.’
CLA President Ross Murray commented, “The Prime Minister is a clear and passionate advocate of the case for remain. He is making the case that farmers that want greater certainty can play their part by voting for remain in the referendum. We respect his arguments and many farmers will agree with him. We also respect the speed with which he has responded to us.”
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